Prices at pump in Wailuku on the rise
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Wailuku rose 4 cents in a week to $4.57 this week, making Maui gas the highest reported in the state in the weekly AAA Hawaii Weekend Gas Watch.
The Wailuku gas was 6 cents higher than last month and 31 cents less than the same time a year ago, according to the report.
Statewide, the average price this week was $4.36 per gallon, a penny more than last week, the same price as last month and 18 cents less than last year. Honolulu's average price of gas was $4.26, a cent more than last week, 2 cents more than last month and 12 cents less than a year ago. In Hilo, the average gas price was $4.38, a cent more than last week, 2 cents more than last month and 29 cents less than a year ago.
The Gas Watch report is a weekly snapshot of gas prices. Prices are derived from fleet vehicle credit card transactions and are combined averages of the last swipe of cards on Wednesday.
Offices to close in observance of holiday
Federal, state and county offices will be closed Monday in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
The Maui News business offices also will be closed.
Residential trash collection will not be affected, but the Hana, Lanai and Molokai landfills will be closed. The Central Maui Landfill and EKO Compost will be open from 6 a.m. to noon, and the Olowalu Landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to noon.
All county pools will be closed.
All public libraries will also be closed from Saturday through Monday.
The Makawao Public Library will be open today to accommodate the holiday closure.
Man held in alleged pepper spray attack
A 42-year-old homeless man was arrested for an attack on another homeless man, who was doused in the face with suspected pepper spray Wednesday afternoon in Kihei, police said.
The attack was reported at 2:47 p.m. at Kilohana Park, where the 44-year-old victim had gone to collect money he was owed by the other man, said Lt. Jayson Rego of the Criminal Investigation Division. The suspect said he wasn't going to pay back the money and pulled out a red watergun filled with what was believed to be pepper spray, Rego said.
The victim was sprayed in the face and reported a burning sensation, Rego said. The victim was screaming and had a red and swollen face with bloodshot eyes.
Medics responded to treat the victim.
The suspect fled before police arrived, but he was located Thursday afternoon by Kihei patrol officers.